The Good Great video quality. Compact size. Good colour rendition and image quality for reduced resolution or screen viewing.
The Bad Slow maximum aperture at telephoto end. Small buttons can be difficult to press. Over-processing on photos visible at full magnification. Too many megapixels.
The Bottom Line Even though it's got a few too many megapixels for its own good, the Cyber-shot WX7 is a nifty little compact camera with an excellent set of features and a good price.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX7
Sony's Cyber-shot models have usually always been elegantly styled, with slimline bodies incorporating reasonably attractive specs within. The WX7 is no different in this respect, and is perhaps a bit more rounded than other Sony compacts that have come before.
It houses a 5x optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens — a significant upgrade from the, which only used Sony's G lens — at 25mm wide-angle, with a respectable maximum aperture of f/2.6. At the telephoto end the maximum aperture is only f/6.3. The WX7 also uses Sony's Exmor R CMOS sensor at 16.2 megapixels, which is supposed to deliver superior low-light performance. As is the case with the previous WX and TX cameras that have used this sensor, that claim is mostly true.
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Canon, Pentax power forward to lure high-end camera buyers
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For camera makers, hope lies in pricey devices for the few
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Pentax seeks turnaround with tiny Q, giant 645 cameras
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